Granada: gateway to the Mediterranean coastline, yet framed by the snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada, Granada has sun, snow and enough cultural and historic attractions to entertain everyone.
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Favourite Holiday Destination: Granada with a highly recommended visit to Cordoba.
Why? This is my home region and I love it! The location and weather are perfect and diverse; you can escape to the ancient world of Al-Andalus; go skiing to Sierra Nevada during the day and have a barbecue by the Mediterranean sea in the evening. In May, every corner and patio of both cities is decorated with thousands of plants and traditional flower sculptures, making it an especially good time to visit.
Eat: When it comes to Granada you just don’t need to worry about food, you will get free ‘tapas’ every time you ask for a drink, each round a different speciality. Some to remember are: ‘migas’ (fried bread), ‘longaniza’ (a pork sausage similar to chorizo) ‘papas a lo pobre’ which means ‘poor man’s potatoes’ – a tasty mix of spuds, onion and red peppers.
In Cordoba, the food is just as good! Opposite the entrance of the amazing Mezquita (mosque) you will find a place called ‘Santos’. They make the most amazing Spanish omelette and wash it down with a nice cold beer.
Be adventurous and ask for local specialities ‘salmorejo’ (a delicious tomato and bread soup) and ‘flamenquines’ (pork and ham rolls) in any nice looking restaurant or in the ‘Plaza de la Corredera’.
Don’t Miss: In Granada: get a map and explore on foot; Plaza Bib-Rambla, Paseo de los Tristes, climb the ‘Cuesta de los Chinorros’ up to the Alhambra and discover the hidden secrets. Chill out at the Carmen de los Martires and come back to the city centre via Plaza Nueva. Get lost in the Albaicin and before dusk enjoy the sun set from the ‘mirador de San Nicolas. You will get the most beautiful pink skyline of the Alhambra (pictured) and Sierra Nevada.
In Cordoba: the Mezquita, the Juderia (old town) and it’s hidden jewels like the smallest town square in the world. If you are travelling in May, ask at the tourist office about the events of the ‘Patios’. Before dinner, find your way to the Hamman Arabic baths and indulge yourself.
Do Miss: the midday sun! Do the walking in the morning and evening – the hot hours during the day are for cold beer and tapas!
Top Tip: learn some basic Spanish, the locals will love it!
Fly to Granada from: East Midlands, Stansted, Liverpool.
You can also fly to nearby Malaga from over 20 different UK airports.
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